Posted on Thursday, 09 Aug 2016
The talented young fly-half, Ryno Eksteen is headed to Bloemfontein after concluding a two year agreement with the Cheetahs and will be joining the team in September for the 2016 Currie Cup.
Born: 3 October 1994
Height: 1.86 m
Weight: 88 kg
School: Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool, Pretoria
Eksteen represented the Blue Bulls in the 2010 Under-16 Grant Khomo Week competition and in the 2012 Under-18 Craven Week tournament, where he was top points scorer for the tournament and helped the Blue Bulls win the unofficial final against the Golden Lions. His performance saw him called up to the 2012 South African Schools side.
He joined the Western Province Rugby Institute in 2013 – moving in the opposite direction to Western Province's Craven Week and fellow S.A. Schools fly-half Handré Pollard, who joined the Blue Bulls. However, a knee injury ruled him out of action for the 2013 season.
He was included in the pre-season training squad for the Stormers prior to the 2014 Super Rugby season and was selected for the final Stormers squad. Eksteen made his Super Rugby debut in the opening match of the season against the Lions. A notable achievement, considering he played Super Rugby without making any appearances in the South African domestic Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup competitions, or even playing at Under-21 or Under-19 level for Western Province.
2010 - Blue Bulls u.16 Grant Khomo Week
2012 - Blue Bulls u.19 Cravenweek tournament
2013 - WP Rugby Institute
2014 - Stormers, Super Rugby
Cheetahs Director of Rugby, Rory Duncan commented on Eksteen’ s arrival: “Ryno is a talented player. He was unfortunate with injuries in the past but we look forward to managing him and keeping him on the field. He proved to be a valuable asset in the victorious Western Province U21 team last year and we are excited to have him in the Cheetahs family.”